An African Funk Pioneer Gets a Second Chance on a Global Stage

The Ethiopian pianist Hailu Mergia, 71, had become a taxi driver. But after a reissue revived his career, he is releasing his first new collection in two decades.

Cultured Traveler: Retracing America’s Musical Canvas

In the 3-D film “America’s Musical Journey,” the singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc takes viewers on an exuberant exploration of the country’s creative roots.

Leon (Ndugu) Chancler, Versatile Drummer, Is Dead at 65

Mr. Chancler played on hundreds of jazz, pop, funk, disco and country albums, including Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

January in Live Jazz: 5 Standout Shows

From a tribute to Geri Allen to a powerful night with Jen Shyu, a look back at some of the great performances on stages across New York this month.

Visa Troubles Aside, Jazz Flows Freely at a Cuban Festival

Talk about travel to and from the island dominated conversations at the 33rd International Jazz Plaza Festival, but at the auditoriums, outdoor plazas and makeshift stages, the music spoke loudest.

Hugh Masekela, Trumpeter and Anti-Apartheid Activist, Dies at 78

The pioneer of South African jazz came to the forefront of the country’s music in the 1950s as a member of the Jazz Epistles, gaining international fame after moving to the United States in 1960.